What makes a home green / Guides

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable s...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...at saves you money . An energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale value. What...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...ased financial freedom. As long as you take the right steps to prepare and shop carefully, retiring to a new home can be a great decision. Learn more about Wh...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...al footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many bank...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...Additional info on home solar power generation: 10 questions to ask a solar panel installation contractor All about solar batteries for home power storage...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...home design - active and passive. An active solar home has an expensive array of panels; either photovoltaic for power generation or thermal solar for heat coll...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...a free home assessment, water conservation measures, programmable thermostat and weatherization services (e.g., insulation and air sealing). Adaptive Thermostat...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...home and in many cases the advantages can outweigh the disadvantages. We also have an air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows tha...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Alaska, that above-average trend has extended for 105 days and counting. Fact: As the nation’s fastest-warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...aced? Impact on human health: Homes can be a toxic stew of glues, VOC’s, formaldehyde and other contaminants that aggravate and cause serious respiratory ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...ation batts, you can easily have small gaps. It takes as little as 1/8th of an inch space between batts and studs to start an air convection and increase the ra...